A question about broody hens....?

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by KingOfThePeeps, Mar 8, 2012.

  1. KingOfThePeeps

    KingOfThePeeps Out Of The Brooder

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    If I keep taking all the eggs I collect and put them in the "favorite" egg box is it likely that one of the girls will go broody and sit on them?, or should I just leave them alone and start adding eggs after she goes broody?
     
  2. Judy

    Judy Moderator Staff Member

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    I don't think a clutch of eggs has much chance of causing the hormonal change that makes them go broody. If I were going to try this, I'd use fake eggs (golf balls, plastic easter eggs, etc.) Your best chance of getting a nice bunch of chicks from a broody is collect the eggs elsewhere and, when one goes broody, placing them under her all at once.
     
  3. KingOfThePeeps

    KingOfThePeeps Out Of The Brooder

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    On some of the other posts I've read there is talk of a "magic number" of eggs that a hen lays before she goes broody. I was kinda wondering if it's the amount she lays, or how many are available. They seem to be laying all the eggs in the same place anyway. I guess I'll just leave em alone.[​IMG]
     

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